This is Pierre Grimes' first in a series of articles on the subject of philosophy, philosophical counseling, philosophical midwifery, and The Self, published in Philosophical Practice, the journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (of which Pierre was the founder) with permissions of the author and the editor. It is reproduced here under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license.
Pierre is the inventor of philosophical midwifery in its modern sense, and has been practicing it since his days with Alan Watts in the 1950's. His book, Philosophical Midwifery: A New Paradigm for Understanding Human Problems, with Regina Uliana PhD, was published in 1998 (ISBN-10 softcover: 0-9648191-1-2; hardcover 0-9648191-2-0) and is available from Hyparxis Press.
If we are to understand what it is to become philosophers in the Platonic sense we must not ignore that the central idea of Plato has not been translated. The basic ethical issue is whether or not this betrayal was a deliberate falsification of Plato, or out of ignorance. However, whichever is the case, to repeatedly ignore this most profound idea is tantamount to a betrayal of philosophy itself. The consequence of this betrayal is that readers have been left with a most superficial idea of Platonic philosophy and, likely, have come to the conclusion that philosophy is too abstract and empty of personal references to be taken seriously. We will correct this error by viewing two principle dialogues of Plato with a new appreciation for the simple meaning of a single word. The implications of our review will bring philosophy back as the fundamental challenge of our age, for it is in our time that many seek a personal meaning that is not relative, and can be said to be true since it touches reality.
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